Allen Iverson may call Hampton, Virginia home, but he will always be a beloved figure in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Returning to his home away from home, Iverson has partnered with Kyra Knox and Mark Mims to develop a new documentary called Bad Things Happen In Philadelphia. An initial report from Deadline suggests the film will follow “the lives of three teenagers navigating crime in their hometown and ultimately forging a path towards their futures through the power of basketball.”
“As I’ve said many times before, Philly is like home to me,” Iverson told Deadline.
“When I saw the opportunity to make a difference being a part of this project with friends and a city I love…I wanted in. I see what these kids are going through, and went through it myself growing up and I want to use my platform to shed light on the problem and make a real change in our communities, starting with Philadelphia.”
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is often depicted as a city ripe with violent crime and dangers. With this documentary, Philly native Kyra Knox hopes to present an honest reflection of the dangers that exist within the city while also displaying the community and hopes that help uplift some of the city’s brightest talent.
“This started as a passion project to highlight a growing problem in my city and I’m grateful that Allen Iverson, Mark, and the others believed in me and this project enough to give it a platform,” Kyra Knox told Deadline.
“This documentary captures the untold underdog stories of those in the community shaping a better future. I hope sharing their passion will resonate and drive even more positive and necessary change. I’m ecstatic to highlight local organizations and to partner with Mark Mims and NBA All-Star Allen Iverson to bring awareness to my home city and this ongoing challenge we face.”